Without further ado, I would like to present the man best known in the blogsphere as Papa Bear...
1. References to you are quite common in my blog posts, what made you agree to this interview? To help satisfy people's curiosity about me.
2. What do you remember about your Dad? I don't remember anything about him, all I have is pictures of him. I do remember my Mom coming home from his funeral dressed in a black dress and crying, but I was too young to understand what had happened. I just knew she was very sad. Sometimes I think about how different our lives might have been if he hadn't died.
3. You lived on your grandparents farm for four years after that, how did your grandfather shape your life? He was very strict but I knew he loved me. He was a good role model and he taught me honesty, the value of hard work, integrity, that a man takes care of his family, and that you have to work for what you want in this life, it's not just handed to you. He died when I was fourteen, but I think in many ways he made me the man that I am today.
4. Your mother remarried when you were nine, spending the next the next ten years with a man who was an alcoholic and was very abusive toward her. How did that affect you? I hated him and how he treated my mother. One time he even attempted to strangle her. If I hadn't been there to hit him in the head with my baseball bat he would have killed her because he wanted money for wine and she wouldn't give it to him. How could you treat someone like that if you supposedly loved them? Seeing what my mother went through taught me a valuable lesson - women should always be treated with love and respect.
5. You've told me stories about the "Girl Haters Club" you formed when you were young. Why did you start the club, and what brought about it's demise? My friends and I dug a giant hole in a vacant lot and covered it with plywood and dirt. It was our clubhouse and we put a sign out that said "GIRL HATERS CLUB - NO GIRLS ALLOWED". We thought that girls had cooties. :-) One of the club members let his older sister into the club house one day and I took an interest in her. The sign came down, and I later married her. I would say that puberty brought about the end of The Girl Haters Club.
6. What caused the end of your first marriage? I married my first wife when I was seventeen years old because she was pregnant and I thought it was the right thing to do. I came home early from work on our first anniversary to surprise her, and found her in an intimate situation with someone else. I knew that I could never trust her again and that our marriage was over. One blessing did come out of that experience - my daughter, who I love with all my heart, and who has also blessed me with three wonderful grandchildren.
Continued in Papa Bear's Tale: The Interview - Part II